Advice on How to Design a Home Gym?
My friend Susan is thinking about buying a “Parabody” home gym. Do you have any recommendations regarding this or other brands of home gyms? —Bob, Silverlake, CA
When it comes to weight machines for home gyms or light commercial use, Hoist Fitness does a great job. One of the big considerations on weight machines are shipping costs, and Hoist is located in San Diego. Not sure what Susan’s budget is for the gym, but this unit by Hoist does all of what the Parabody unit does, and more.
Good multi-purpose weight machines, while convenient, are also costly. If Susan wants to do resistance training at home, a better investment might be a set of the Bowflex Selecttech Dumbbells, and a good refurbished elliptical machine, or a refurbished commercial Treadclimber. And in case she tires of it in the future, the cardio equipment holds its resale value pretty well. Often you can find refurbished, commercial grade cardio equipment for significantly less than a new consumer level model. For home use, a quality refurbished commercial grade machine is in my opinion superior to new, consumer level products, largely because they generally have more features and are built to take a beating.
With your weights and cardio equipment in tow, you will want to assess the space itself. Installing rubber flooring is costly, so if you’re on a budget, opt for large area mats instead. They are usually about 1/4” thick, made of black rubber and can be cleaned as needed. You should also have on hand a stretching mat, a weight bench, a Swiss ball, a couple of well placed leaning wall mirrors, and some balance or core training equipment (such as a Bosu ball). You can have a very functional home gym in a relatively small amount of space.
I consult on a variety of commercial and home gym projects, and if you’d like me to design a home or small commercial gym for you, just give a shout.